Labor Force Participation by Persons with Mental Illness

Published in: Psychiatric Services, v. 50, no. 11, Datapoint, Nov. 1999, p. 1407

Posted on RAND.org on November 01, 1999

by Roland Sturm, Carole Roan Gresenz, Rosalie Liccardo Pacula, Kenneth B. Wells

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The authors focus on how individuals with probable risk for mental illness are faring in this economy, using data from Health Care for Communities (HCC), a national survey conducted from the fall of 1997 through the end of 1998. They examined two labor force participation measures: percentage out of the labor force, and unemployment. Measures derived from the Composite Diagnostic Interview were used to assess the likely presence of major depressive disorder, dysthymic disorder, generalized anxiety disorder, panic disorder, and bipolar disorder.

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